SALISBURY, MD---For many, unrequited love is a tragedy. For playwright Tennessee Williams, it was a career.
Salisbury University’s Bobbi Biron Theatre Program presents its first Williams play in more than a decade, Summer and Smoke, February 28-29 and March 1-2 and 6-9 in the Black Box Theatre of Fulton Hall. Curtain is 8 p.m., 2 p.m. Sundays.
Written in 1948 and later revised by Williams as The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, this romantic drama tells the story of an unmarried minister’s daughter courted by her childhood love, a wild, undisciplined doctor.
Directed by Andrew Heller, communication and theatre arts faculty, this traditional Williams story follows the life of a damaged older woman, Miss Alma, who is in constant fear of following her mother into madness. The young Dr. John Buchanan Jr., whose portrayal on the silver screen in the 1962 film version made Laurence Harvey a star, is whom she longs for. However, he longs for others, leaving her on the side.
The New York Times calls the play “entertaining and affecting.” The Stage calls it “entertaining, warm and funny at times despite the tragedy of almost all the characters’ situations.”
The cast includes Stephanie Dargan, Griffin Jones, Megan Murray, Hank Brannock, Zachary Coffman, Joe Hill, B.J. Hoyle, Shanice Jones, Rebecca Norris, Branden Pippens, Jennifer Webster and Jessica Rivera.
Set design is by Gerry Patt. Costume design is by John-James Rutuelo. Heather Hall is props designer. Brandon roe is sound designer. Tom Anderson is lighting designer. Emily Jablonski stage manages. Chelsea Reid is assistant stage manager.
Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors. SU ID holders receive one ticket free. This production is recommended for mature audiences.
For tickets call the Salisbury University Box office at 410-543-6228. For more information visit the SU website at www.salisbury.edu.